Whisper of the Wind: Literary Analysis of a Passage from Rules of the Game by Amy Tan

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In this passage of Amy Tan's story, Rules of the Game, the author uses many literary features to develop the climax of Waverly's career as a young chess champion. As Waverly faces her first opponent of the chess tournament, she continusouly reminds herself of the art of invisble strength. She reptitively gets advised by the "wind", as she carefully makes her moves towards victory, where her talent is recognized once again. However, a friction between Waverly and her mother arises as more trophies were brought home, beginning to show an end to her triumph. The climax is emphasized by the diction and personification as the conflict is introduced. The diction of the passage gradually sets up the climax of the story. ¡°It was her chang, a …show more content…
The line "It [wind] whispered secrets only I could hear," (line 19) alludes back to the teachings of her mom, revealing the intimacy of the mother-daughter relationship. The wind also signifies the Waverly within herself. The phrase "only I could hear", emphasizes the rivalship and the competitiveness of Waverly, as she is determined to win. When she says, "the wind hissed louder and louder" (line 13), the word "hissed" and "louder" both sets a fierce tone. Additionally, as the wind represents Waverly's uncouncious, it reflects on her increased aggression, rising the story to its pinnacle. The conflict of the story sparks as Waverly's mother makes a complaining comment towards her first win. "Next time win more, lose less" (line 19). This not only creates a friction between Waverly and her mom but to her asian culture as well. Her discontent is revealed as she says, ¡°I won again, but it was my mother who wore the triumphant grin.¡±(line 23) As the problem between Waverly and her mom progresses, chess becomes a burden rather than what she enjoys. Ignorantly, her mom furthermore spoils Waverly by allowing her not to do the dishes simply because she won a chess tournament. "That's why my mother decided I no longer had to do the dishes." (line 33) With an ego bigger than her belly, Waverly gradually loses her hardworking work ethnic and perhaps even the compassion towards chess as she realizes more conflicts with her mother occurred due to her chess tournaments. Her

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